LRCC News Archives

State of the Community 2018 – Presented by US Bank
Please join the Ladera Ranch Civic Council and the Ladera Rancho Chamber of Commerce as we host the State of the Community 2018 – Presented by US Bank. The Magic of Partnerships is the theme of the evening as we begin the night with networking and magic, then move into an interactive update from our South County leaders. Seating is limited, please get your ticket early!
2018 State of the Community Survey

Ladera Ranch, we want to hear from you! Our 2018 State of the Community is October 11th and we would like to know what questions you have regarding topics from education to public safety to local business. Please take a few minutes and complete this survey:

LRCC Seeking Candidates – Interest Forms Due by August 31st

Want to get involved with the LRCC? We have four of our seven seats up for re-election this year (two-year terms) and we are looking for Ladera Ranch residents that are passionate about making a difference in our community. If you are interested, please fill out the Candidate and Ethics Statements and send them to by 5pm on August 31, 2018.

LRCC Candidate and Ethics Statement

LRCC Asks for Traffic Relief at San Juan Hills High School

With the new school year underway, traffic surrounding San Juan Hills High School has been almost unbearable for many families. The LRCC drafted a letter to the County of Orange, CHP, and SJHHS administrators asking for some assistance in mitigating the issues and providing a safer environment for students and their families. Unfortunately, many of the issues are the cause of drivers’ impatience and not obeying the traffic laws, which causes disruptions to the traffic flow and sets a poor example for new and future drivers. The County, CHP, and school staff met immediately and came up with a few solutions that should help make the intersection flow more efficiently and increase safety. The upcoming measures will include: increased CHP presence to keep drivers from illegally merging into traffic that is waiting to turn right onto Stallion Ridge, the addition of a “No Right Turn” at the existing pork chop island that motorists have been turning illegally around, turning restrictions to keep drivers from entering the private property across La Pata from Stallion Ridge to bypass the waiting vehicles, and messaging to families in regards to proper procedures for drop-off/pick-up.

By exercising a little patience and being courteous motorists, the traffic flow will improve as the school year progresses. Please be safe and set a good example for the younger drivers.

Oso Parkway Bridge Project

Orange County Public Works has announced details regarding the Oso Parkway Bridge Project, which will cross over Los Patrones Parkway. Please view the linked information for more details.

Oso Parkway Bridge Project website

Oso Parkway Bridge Project pdf

LRCC Honored by LARCS

LARCS recently awarded the LRCC the 2018 Adult Volunteer Group Award, which was presented at the Volunteer Appreciation Event at the Ladera Ranch Water Park. The Council was honored to receive the accolades and are proud to be appreciated by our community for our efforts. Councilmembers Amir Arbabi, Gary Kephart, Stephanie Ramsey, and Joe Brenneman were in attendance to accept the award. Thank you LARCS!


Annual Public Safety Meeting – April 16, 2018

Thank you very much to everyone that attended and presented at the LRCC Annual Public Safety Meeting. The agenda included important safety updates from: Superintendent Kirsten Vital and Executive Director of Safety & Student Services Mike Beekman of Capistrano USD; Officer Miles of the California Highway Patrol; Lt. Mark Gonzales of the OC Sheriff’s Department; and Ladera Ranch Neighborhood Watch Program Leader Jennifer Powers.

Brownie Troop 4393 started our meeting by leading the Pledge of Allegiance and asking some questions about local government and about their school, which Superintendent Vital graciously answered. These ambitious young Girl Scouts recently raised funds to purchase jump ropes for their school. Congratulations ladies on your achievement.


In addition to the residents that attended, there was representation from LARMAC and LARCS, the Ladera Rancho Chamber of Commerce, Victor Cao from 5th District Supervisor Lisa Bartlett’s office, Anne Figueroa from Assemblyman Bill Brough’s office, Congressional Candidate Diane Harkey, and Jim Leach from SMWD.

The next Public Meeting will be held on May 21st and we look forward to hearing from our residents.

Capo USD’s School Safety Presentation can be viewed here: CUSD School Safety Summary 2018

Barrels & Birdies Ribbon Cutting – April 14, 2018

On Saturday, April 14th, Barrels & Birdies celebrated their Grand Opening in the Mercantile West center. The LRCC was proud to partner with the Ladera Rancho Chamber of Commerce and be a part of the Ribbon Cutting Celebration. Best of luck to this new Ladera Ranch business which features the latest surf and golf apparel for men and boys.




La Pata Update from OC Public Works – April 2, 2018

On Monday, April 2, OC Public Works will resume paving activities along Avenida La Pata. The new roadway will be restriped once the paving work is complete. The anticipated construction schedule is April 2 – 11. Please note that the working hours will remain 7 a.m. – dusk. Weekend work may be required on Saturday, April 7. The paving work will require temporary lane closures, but one lane in each direction will remain open at all times. OC Public Works will have flag personnel present as a traffic control measure.

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OCTA Taxpayer Oversight Committee Applications Due May 1, 2018

Each year, as terms of various members expire, a recruitment process is conducted to fill vacant positions on the Taxpayer Oversight Committee. Recruitment is currently taking place for openings in the First, Second, Fourth, and Fifth Supervisorial Districts. Applications will be accepted March 1, 2018 through May 1, 2018.

OCSD Crime Update

Lt. Mark Gonzales from the OC Sheriff’s Department attended the March LRCC Public Meeting and discussed the impact of crime in our community. In February 2018, 21 incidents of Part 1 crime (burglary, grand theft, petty theft…) were reported compared to 20 such incidents that were reported in February 2017. Lt. Gonzales said that cars and garages being unlocked, open, and accessible are helping criminals target our community. He has provided the guidelines below on how to keep your home safer and less of a target for crimes of opportunity.

SMWD Trampas Canyon Recycled Water Reservoir 

Recent articles on the Trampas Canyon Reservoir can be found here –

Officials break ground on 1.6 billion gallon recycled water reservoir in south Orange County

National Night Out and Safety Event – Tuesday, August 7th

The Ladera Ranch National Night Out is Tuesday, August 7th.. Join us at Founder’s Park in the evening to mingle with our local first responders. The Teen Leadership Council is also sponsoring a Blood Drive tomorrow and the are still spots available to sign up on the American Red Cross website, code LaderaRanch.

This event features “Duke” OC Sheriff’s Department Search & Rescue Helicopter landing at about 6:00 p.m. When the sun goes down, turn on your front porch light or garage side lights to send a message to criminals that Ladera Ranch neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

Activities to include: Air Brush Tattoos, Balloon Artist, Crafts, Food & Concessions for purchase.

Participants to include: California Highway Patrol, Orange County Fire Authority, OC Sheriff’s Department, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, CHOC Hospital, Mission Hospital, Neighborhood Watch.

La Pata Update from OC Public Works – March 13, 2018

Due to the forecasted rain, the construction schedule and planned road closure of Gateway Place at Avenida La Pata has been rescheduled and will begin this afternoon. In addition, the construction of the sidewalk on the west side of the roadway is currently delayed.

Beginning this afternoon, Tuesday, March 13, 2018, OC Public Works will implement a traffic switch on Avenida La Pata. Southbound travelers will be transitioned to the west side of the roadway.

Please note that access to and from La Pata will be closed at Gateway Place. Residents and visitors to the Sendero Gateway Apartment Homes will be required to enter and exit the community via Ortega Highway.  The new anticipated construction duration and closure of Gateway Place at La Pata is now Tuesday, March 13 – Friday, April 13. Working hours will remain Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – dusk.

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La Pata Update from OC Public Works – March 5, 2018

OC Public Works Notice – Beginning Monday, March 5, paving operations will begin on the west side of Avenida La Pata as part of the ongoing road widening improvements.  The work may include brief traffic stops during construction activities for southbound travelers. Construction activities will continue through Monday, March 12.  Working hours will be Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – dusk.

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TCA February Meeting Presentation

At the TCA Public Meeting in February 2018, Mobility Idea No 21 was presented as another alternative for their Traffic Relief Solution study. Please follow the links below to view the presentation decks.

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OCTA Next 10 Delivery Plan 2017-2026 Updated on November 13, 2017 

On November 13, 2017, the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) Board of Directors (Board) adopted the Updated Next 10 Delivery Plan (Next 10). Original commitments from the 2016 adopted Next 10 Plan remain largely unchanged with the exception of some required refinements due to changes in forecasted revenue assumptions as well as updated project information including cost estimates, schedules and available external funding.


La Pata Update from OC Public Works

OC Public Works Notice – Effective Thursday, December 21, 2017 – OCPW will transition SOUTHBOUND drivers onto newly-completed lanes between Gateway Place and approximately 1,100 feet north of Stallion Ridge. So there will still be two southbound lanes, yet they will be moved slightly toward the east side of the road onto new lanes.

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Ladera Ranch Road Striping and Stenciling Update

OC Public Works Notice – Crews will be performing striping and stenciling on nearly all the public roads in Ladera Ranch from November 27th through December 8th. This will be done during nighttime hours (10pm – 5am) and no impact to residents is anticipated.

Holiday Lights Reminder from OC Public Works

The holiday season is almost here! And with safety as our top priority, here’s a friendly reminder for unincorporated county areas.

We are reminding residents in the unincorporated areas of Orange County about the need to obtain an “encroachment” permit if you plan to stretch holiday displays over public roads, sidewalks, parkways and public light poles (NOTE: a permit is not required for displays fully contained on private property).
The County also offers the option for a Home Owner Association (HOA) to obtain one permit that covers multiple residents in its community who are interested in such holiday displays.

Visit here for more details and for information on how to obtain a permit:

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Roundabout Safety

Taken from the Department of Motor Vehicles’ California Driver Handbook

When you approach a roundabout:

  • Slow down as you approach the intersection. 
  • Yield to pedestrians and bicyclists crossing the roadway. 
  • Watch for signs and pavement markings that guide you or prohibit certain movements. 
  • Enter the roundabout when there is a big enough gap in traffic. 
  • Drive in a counterclockwise direction. DO NOT STOP or pass other vehicles. 
  • Use your turn signals when you change lanes or exit the roundabout. 
  • If you miss your exit, continue around until you return to your exit.

Additional information and videos can be found at


South Orange County Disaster Preparedness Expo 2017

OC Supervisor Lisa Bartlett, OC Sheriff’s Department, OC Fire Authority, and the City of Mission Viejo invite you to the 2017 South Orange County Disaster Preparedness Expo on Saturday, October 21, from 9am-12pm.





LRCC Elects New Officers and Reorganizes Board for Upcoming Year

Margaret Novak, Amir Arbabi, Gary Kephart, Stephanie Ramsey, Joe Brenneman, Mike Ellzey, Jett McCormick

Elections have concluded and the LRCC is proud to welcome Joe Brenneman (elected) and Margaret Novak (appointed) to the board, as well as Gary Kephart (reelected) will be continuing his service. The 2017-2018 Board consists of:  Stephanie Ramsey – Chair, Gary Kephart – Vice Chairman, Amir Arbabi – Treasurer, Mike Ellzey – Councilmember, Jett McCormick – Councilmember, Joe Brenneman – Councilmember, and Margaret Novak – Councilmember.  In addition to the Board of Directors, Carlo Tomaino serves as Administrator and Scott Weisgerber manages the LRCC website and email blasts.


OCTA Designing Tomorrow – Long Range Transportation Survey

Help OCTA plan for the future of transportation by taking this quick survey.

OC Public Works Street Improvements – August 23, 2017

OC Public Works contractors will be performing street improvements along Oso Parkway (Las Flores/Wagon Wheel area) and Crown Valley Parkway (Ladera Ranch area) to deliver a smoother ride and extend the life of your roadways. This work will occur Monday through Friday, from 9am until 3pm, between now and the end of October, subject to change due to weather or other factors.

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Weekend Closures at Avenida Pico, Oct. 13-16

Avenida Pico Ramp Closures: The southbound I-5 on- and off-ramps at Avenida Pico are scheduled to close from 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, to 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 16.

Avenida Pico under I-5 also will be closed nightly during this time, however, at least one lane in each direction will remain open during the day.


The extended closure will allow crews to complete reconstruction of the southbound I-5 on- and off-ramps and apply final striping. When the closure is completed, Avenida Pico under the bridge will be reopened to a temporary new configuration. All ramps at Avenida Pico are scheduled to be in their final configurations by the end of October.

 Motorists should use Calle Frontera and Avenida Vista Hermosa as detours during the weekend closure. 

* The southbound I-5 off-ramp will close at 10 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 13. However, Avenida Pico and the southbound I-5 on-ramp will remain open until 11 p.m. to accommodate traffic leaving the Friday night football game at San Clemente High School.

Is Your Teen at Risk? How to Recognize the Signs of Drug Use

Is your teen at risk? Assemblyman Bill Brough and Senator Patricia Bates are hosting this October 2nd event at San Juan Hills High School, in partnership with Capistrano Unified School District, Orange County Sheriff’s Department, and the County of Orange. Please RSVP to or call 949/347-7301.




LRCC Meets with Supervisor Lisa Bartlett – August 17, 2017

Members of the LRCC met with Orange County 5th District Supervisor Lisa Bartlett to discuss a variety of issues important to the residents and businesses of Ladera Ranch. Topics of this meeting included economic development, short-term rentals, public safety, public works, transportation issues, and local governance. Supervisor Bartlett encourages the LRCC and residents of Ladera Ranch to utilize her open door policy and reach out to her and her staff with any issues that need to be addressed.


Supervisor Lisa Bartlett Issues Statement Regarding Toll Roads – July 27, 2017

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Street Repair Update – August 8, 2017

OC Public Works has completed the Street Repair Project in Ladera Ranch. If you see any areas that need more attention, please send an email, with photos of the location if possible, to so the LRCC can follow up with the County. Thank you.

Toll Road Extension Update – Letter from LRCC to TCA – May 31, 2017
The LRCC has sent a letter in opposition to Routes 9 and 18 to Mr. Ed Sachs, Chair of the TCA Board of Directors.

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Street Repair Update – June 16, 2017
This is the current timeline planned for Ladera Ranch street repairs, subject to change by OC Public Works. Please make sure to abide the signs placed on the streets and do not ask the workers to open the streets early or drive on the wet surfaces, this will damage the new surface. The less time that is given for the slurry to dry, the higher the likelihood that tracks will be left in the street. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Cesar Lopez with OC Public Works at 714/474-1565. Please click the link to view the map and timeline.

Street Repair Schedule 06-16-2017

La Pata Intermittent Traffic Stoppages on July 30th

OC Public Works would like you to be aware of an important update about an upcoming La Pata activity. As highlighted in the update link below, there will be intermittent traffic stoppages on La Pata, just south of Ortega Highway, this Sunday, July 30th, in order to accommodate the installation of overhead utility wires.


La Pata Avenue Green Waste Facility SCAQMD Notice

Nighttime Full Freeway Closures in South County

Please be advised that southbound I-5 is scheduled to close at night July 19, 20 & 21 between Camino Capistrano and PCH/Camino Las Ramblas. The following week, northbound I-5 is scheduled to close at night July 26, 27 & 28 between Avenida Pico and PCH/Camino Las Ramblas. Crews will be replacing outdated overhead signs that span the freeway. Lane closures are 10 PM to 5 AM. Full freeway closures are midnight to 5 AM. Motorists should expect significant delays and avoid the area if possible. For more information, including maps and detour routes, please click here and here.

Street Repair Update – Phase 2 to Begin – May 16, 2017
The County of Orange anticipates starting the seal coat project for the remaining streets on the Southside of Ladera on the week of May 30th. Regarding the micro surface project, they plan on starting this work the week of June 5th.

Notice to Residents Ladera Ranch Seal Coat Phase II

Toll Road Extension Update – May 16, 2017
The LRCC would like to thank all of the residents that attended our meeting tonight to hear the presentation by The Toll Roads. We are proud to stand with our concerned residents in opposition to proposed routes #9 and #18, also known as “The Beltway” option. We will continue to share information as it becomes available and encourage everyone to attend the Public Forum, at 5:30pm on June 5th, at Saddleback College.

Here are the presentation and the maps provided from The Toll Roads to the LRCC:

2017 TCA LRCC Presentation

06 – Exhibit No 01 – Ideas 2-18 with Disclosure 01 14 – SSOC-TCA Settlement Agreement – Executed 2016 11 10 – AA Sheet 02

07 – Exhibit No 02 – Ideas 3, 5, 7 with Disclosure 01

13 – SSOC-TCA Settlement Agreement – Executed 2016 11 10 – AA Sheet 01

14 – SSOC-TCA Settlement Agreement – Executed 2016 11 10 – AA Sheet 02

Toll Road Extension Update – April 28, 2017
There has been quite a bit of concern over the 241 Toll Road extension and proposed routes. In order to keep the residents of Ladera Ranch informed, the LRCC has been in direct communication with The Toll Roads. If you would like to get involved and make your voice heard, here are some upcoming events to make note of:

Update on Regional Mobility by The Toll Roads
Monday, May 15th, 7pm – Ladera Ranch Civic Council Meeting, LRMS MPR
This presentation will be an update from The Toll Roads, as well as an explanation of the public process.

Get Moving Orange County Public Forum
Monday, June 5th, 5:30-8pm – Saddleback Community College, Room SM 313, Parking Lot 10
For more information, please visit GMOC_Forum3_mailerUpdate6

Particular concern has been voiced by the Ladera Ranch residents in regards to proposed Route 9, also known as the Beltway. If you would like to voice your opinion in regards to this route, or any other route, here is the contact information for the CEO, Spokesperson, and the Board of Directors for The Toll Roads:

Michael Kraman, CEO The Toll Roads –
Jeff Corless, Spokesperson/Venture Strategic –

F/ETCA Board of Directors (as of February 2017)
Ed Sachs, Chair –
Christina Shea, Vice Chair –
Jose Moreno –
Lisa Bartlett –
Todd Spitzer –
Shawn Nelson –
Joe Muller –
Scott Voigts –
Mark Murphy –
Anthony Beall –
Kathy Ward –
Brian Maryott –
Sal Tinajero –
Chuck Puckett –
Peggy Huang –
Ryan Chamberlain – 657/328-6000

Proposed Toll Road Map (as of April 13, 2017)


Chiquita Ridge – Rancho Santa Margarita

Chiquita Ridge RSM

Chiquita Ridge is a 92-acre undeveloped parcel owned by the City of Rancho Santa Margarita. It is located along Antonio Parkway south of Canada Vista Park at the southern boundary of the City. The Civic Council spoke with the City on January 24, 2017, and at this point, there are no established plans for development. The City hired a consulting firm to prepare the preliminary traffic, fiscal, and environmental studies, which could result in a variety of potential development options. However, the City Council has not voted to take further action and there is no developer for any potential project.

The City of Rancho Santa Margarita Director of Development Services, Cheryl Kuta, is open to answering questions by the public. Please visit for more details on the status of this project.